It’s like you are going back in time to nearly 250 years ago- a chance to meet Patrick Henry, Johnny the slave to Peyton Randolph or William Holt the merchant and entrepreneur in Williamsburg.
A family road trip to Williamsburg Virginia is a way to showcase living history to your family members of all age groups. Williamsburg is more than just the historic area. Visitors are close to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA, Virginia Beach, Yorktown Civil War Battlefield and Williamsburg Winery.
The nearest major airport to Williamsburg Newport News/Williamsburg Airport is 17 miles away. In fact you have access to three airports all within 50 miles from Colonial Williamsburg.
Whether you are driving from your hometown or picking up a rental car at the airport, Williamsburg is easy to get to. It is between two major cities in Virginia on I-64- 53 miles from Richmond and 45 miles from Norfolk.
This 18th century Revolutionary City stays true to its roots where cars are not allowed in the historic area during busy times at 8 am to 10 pm. Visitors can either park their vehicles at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center or take the trolleys and buses.
The historic area has special footpaths that takes you to events where you can take part as an American colonist and join an angry mob as they storm the Governor’s Palace to demand the return of the colony’s gunpowder. Or get caught up in the stories of struggle and hardship. Join the debate over the meaning of “All men are created equal” and much more.
Information: Colonial Williamsburg
When you are hungry and tired, take a break and dine at one of George Washington’s favorite taverns. You may want to give your tired legs a rest by taking a carriage ride through the colonial town.
Check out Colonial Williamsburg’s calendar of events before your departure to find out evening events for your family. Did you know that when the sun goes down, Colonial Williamsburg has visitors from another world? Join a group of ghost hunters on a tour of haunted houses and sites.
Williamsburg Busch Gardens and Water Country USA
Prince Elmo’s Spire, Grover’s Alpine Express, Sesame Street Forest of Fun and Apollo’s Charlot are some of the fun rides for the whole family. Williamsburg Busch Gardens caters to family fun even non-roller-coaster riders would feel safe and enjoy the rides.
When the temperature outside rises, go splashing and sliding in Water Country USA. This resort-style water park has over 25 water rides and attractions including Colossal Curl, the one of a kind family thrill ride in North America. Families have access to lazy rivers, children’s play areas and swimming pools.
Yorktown was an important town during the Revolutionary War siege of 1781. Yorktown Battlefield is under the National Park Service (NPS) and is part of the Colonial National Historical Park including Jamestown (the first permanent English settlement in North America) and Williamsburg.
While in Yorktown take a 23-mile scenic route on The Colonial Parkway from York River at Yorktown to James River at Jamestown. Yorktown is 13 miles from Williamsburg and Jamestown is eight miles from Williamsburg.
The parkway was constructed to unify these culturally and naturally distinct sites. It is a great place to see how nature and history are conserved for the next generations to enjoy.
Caution: Speed limit is 45 miles per hour.
Information: Colonial Parkway
Williamsburg Winery is also known as Wessex Hundred. According to the company “the use of Hundred to name a property dates to the Colonial era and describes parcels of land sufficient to support a hundred families regardless of actual acreage.”
This 300-acre farmland was founded in 1606 by a Virginia Company. The land was converted by Patrick and Peggy Duffeler to Williamsburg Winery in 1983.
Wine tasting starts at $6 per person. Tour and tasting is available year round. No reservations are required for groups of less than eight people. Williamsburg Winery offers tours daily every half hour for $10 per person.
Information: Williamsburg Winery
Tips for family road trips to Williamsburg Virginia:
1. Have cash in hand for tolls.
2. You have to be 25 years and over to rent a car. Be prepared to pay a higher price if you are below 25.
3. Hotel reservations in Williamsburg.
4. Read 5 Things to Do Before Taking a Family Road Trip with Kids.
5. Get our free guide to help plan your road trip.
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